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Mayor Emanuel: Moving cops from desk jobs to the streets

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

It was yet another violent weekend in Chicago.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday he'll temporarily move more cops out of desk jobs and to the streets. It’s a move many say is well worth it and long overdue.

It's also the latest version of a move that the mayor and his police superintendent made several years ago.

“To put officers at -- rather than be behind a desk in a building, out on the street behind a wheel protecting our neighborhoods and our streets,” Emanuel said.

Shortly after taking office, Mayor Emanuel announced with great fanfare that several hundred sworn officers were leaving desk jobs for street duty in Chicago's most violent neighborhoods. Bloodshed has declined, but with dozens dead or wounded every weekend, it remains a national scandal.

The president of the police union scoffed at putting 150 administrators out on the street two or three days each week for the rest of the summer. He said the Department needs 2,500 new officers right now. The hiring, though, would cost millions of dollars.

However, he does not think even that would reduce violence in the city.

“When you have an element of society that doesn't care and doesn't concern themselves with consequence, we're going to continue to see what we're seeing out there now,” said Dean Angelo, President of Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 7.

FOX 32’s Mike Flannery responded, “So, why would we hire more cops, if we're not going to reduce the murders?”

To which Angelo said, “Because we need 'em.”

Angelo claimed many rank-and-file officers are exhausted from the voluntary overtime they've been working. City Hall's ‘Summer Surge’ strategy deploys at least 200 extra overtime cops every weekend into so-called ‘impact zones,’ relatively small sections of Chicago where the vast majority of the carnage occurs.

A Police Department spokesman said 150 sworn officers will deploy to the street two or three days a week, probably through September. On other days, they'll continue to perform their current administrative jobs -- for example, in procurement and data analysis -- as best they can.

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